Mario Batali and Joe Bastianich's 63,000-square-foot, much-anticipated Eataly Chicago will feature an eight-restaurant polpo in addition to the previously confirmed butcher, market, and grocery. Chicago Magazine brings first word of six of the eight concepts: a 150-set Neapolitan-style pizzeria, an "enoteca with a mozzarella bar," a seafood restaurant (called Pesce), a meat-focused restaurant (Le Carne), a flatbread concept, and a spot serving nothing but fried food.
The Chicago location is the second in the U.S. for Eataly: Its flagship NYC location features nine restaurants, including similar concepts like La Piazza (NYC's version of the enoteca/mozzarella bar), La Pizza & La Pasta, Pesce, and the meaty Manzo. As previously reported, like the NYC location, Eataly Chicago will have an in-house brewpub, Birreria, though it's unclear if that's counted among the eight restaurants in the polpo. Eataly Chicago plans for a mid-November opening; more as it becomes available.